EE signs up 318,000 4G customers in first five months

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Financial results also show mobile revenue drop and an overall fall of 405,000 customers in the last three months

EE has added 318,000 4G customers since its launch in October, the operator has announced alongside its first quarter financial results.

In the three months up to end of March it added 166,000 contract customers over its three brands, which compares to 151,000 in the same period of 2012, giving the network 13.67 million contract customers. Postpay churn was 1.2 per cent.

Also during the first three months of 2013, its number of prepay customers fell by 571,000 to 11.98 million. Its total customer base is down 2.9 per cent at 26.4 million.

EE’s mobile service revenue for the three month period fell by 5.4 per cent year on year to £1.42bn, from £1.5bn in Q1 2012. ARPU of both prepay and contract customers fell, with contract customers spending an average of £18.20 per month, down 7.4 per cent. Prepay ARPU fell 13.8 per cent to £5 per month.

EE chief financial officer Neal Milsom said: “Today’s results are in-line with our expectations, and we are making good progress focusing on high value segments. We’re announcing 318,000 4G customers after just five months of trading, strong postpaid net adds and continued growth in our underlying average revenue per user.

“We expect to strengthen our industry leadership position in the year ahead as the 4G roll out continues and we introduce double-speed 4GEE.”

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